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Life with Braces

Once you have your braces on, there are couple things you should know to help you along the way to your new smile. We'll review them and answer any questions when your appliances are placed, so here are the highlights:

The First Few Days With Braces and after an Archwire Adjustment can be tough with sore teeth and some lip and gum irritation.

  • A salt water rinse created with (a quarter teaspoon of table salt mixed into a cup of warm water and swished inside the mouth and then spit out) 4-6 times a day can work wonders to sooth irritated tissue and inflammation.
  • Baby yourself from the start by covering with wax any brackets that seem to rub against the inside of your mouth or lips. We provide wax in your home care kit and it is also available in the dental care isle of drugstores. A piece of wax stuck on the offending bracket will work wonders; especially if you do it early.
  • Your regular pain relief medication in a dose that you would normally take for a headache, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help with the soreness that you might experience in the first couple days.
  • Soft Foods in the beginning can make your life easier.  Pasta, mashed potatoes, smoothies, soups can be more comfortable to eat when you're getting started and your teeth are tender and you're not used to having braces.

Ongoing Food Recommendations:  

There are hundreds of foods that you CAN eat with braces and a few that you need to avoid that can potentially break brackets and wires causing more time in our office while you have your appliances repaired and can potentially delay your treatment completion.

Foods to avoid:

Chewy, such as bagels, licorice, toffee, pizza crust, crusty French bread

Hard, such as nuts, candies, raw carrots, corn on the cob, ice (many hard foods can be eaten if cut into smaller pieces of cooked slightly)

Sticky or Gummy such as gum, caramels, Starburst